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Insta-Michelle

Some recent aesthetic/sartorial highlights from my Instagram account (@ravishingretro):

Trying on frocks at the Sydney Antique Centre.

Travelling home from the Historic Houses Trust GI Dance (I was in the best-dressed!)

The day I went 60s.

Look, I’m on a postcard rack at the cinema!

A swishy Friday night ensemble.

Vintage love to you all ❤

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Mardi Gras!

Ah, Mardi Gras: the most glittery and extravagant night in Sydney’s sartorial calendar. It may have rained last night, but a freaking thunderstorm would still have failed to deter all the glamorous partiers in their fake eyelashes and feathered headpieces that descended on the Sydney CBD.

As a pretty big fan of extravagant outfits (haven’t you noticed?), I have a soft spot for Mardi Gras. I’m also a pretty big fan of fantastic underclothes, so having an opportunity to wear them out sans frock on top is kind of a big deal. This was the thinking behind the costume I wore out to watch the parade:

Underwear as outerwear! I donned a crinoline over my What Katie Did cabaret corset that I’ve been dying to wear out, added a self-fashioned sequinned cape plus copious flowers, and voila! The effect was quite pleasant.

In addition to loving the sartorial side of Mardi Gras, I’m also obviously a pretty big fan of equality. For this reason, not only was the parade thoroughly entertaining, but it was also quite a beautiful show of solidarity. I love how Mardi Gras gives visibility to a whole heap of otherwise marginalised groups. The parade reminds us they exist in the most glittery, fantastic way. So much love!

Here I am with Gila: my +1 to the parade. We had a lovely, raucous time – and doesn’t she look dapper.


1950s petticoat The Attic, Las Vegas | Corset What Katie DidBustier Marlies Dekkers | Cape made by me | Necklace Mother’s | Hair flowers Sportsgirl | Shoes Clark’s

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Snow White goes to The Theatre

Bonjour mes amis!

Today I ravaged a treasure-filled vintage store in the Las Vegas Arts District – but more on that later. I’m just dropping by today to show you this little snap of the outfit I wore to see Phantom of the Opera this evening (just casually).

Americans don’t seem to be too fond of frocking up for the theatre, but I persevered nonetheless, and ended up sashaying into the theatre wearing this blue number I snapped up at Anthropologie on a shopping expedition yesterday – you may notice I already own this frock in red, but shh. It was most appropriate for Phantom, paired with a little silver 1940s-style necklace that you sadly miss in this snapshot, a poofy petticoat and seam stockings.

The glam ensemble worked a treat on the gentlemen too, I soon found out, as I had the pleasure of sharing the elevator with a particularly seedy man who told me I looked like Snow White, winked, and suggested I might also make a nice Sleeping Beauty. Ah, the Vegas pick-up lines; they kill me.

I’ll be seeing you soon with more news from the strange, technicolour city that is Vegas.

Dress: Anthropologie
Cape: SoWa markets, Boston
Seam stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Clarks
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

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Outfit Post: November 14

Bonjour friends! Today: an outfit post. This is what I wore for an outing into the city yesterday for shopping, a birthday celebration and the like. It’s one of the few outings this dress has had since I brought it back from London in August, and I don’t know why because I’m such a fan. It was made by British label Sika which sources ethically-made fabrics from West Africa and then fashions them into adorable 50s-inspired frocks such as the one I’m wearing here.

This was also one of the first few outings of my snood which was an eagerly-anticipated addition to my life. I bought it on etsy from Arthelia’s Attic, and it’s so fabulous, I don’t know whatever I did without one. Admittedly my hair was never long enough, but seriously, it’s so great – the bow tops it off.

I hope your week is excellent.






Dress: Sika
Belt: Zoo Emporium, Surry Hills
1950s bag: Brisbane Antique Centre
1950s bakelite bangles:  Peppergreen Antiques, Berrima
1940s brooch: Berrima
Snood: Arthelia’s Attic
Shoes: Bloch

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